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Things looked grim last night in the Rangers-Penguins game.

There were 14 power plays scattered throughout the game and when stuff like this occurs the chance of a decent scrap becomes a very miniscule possibility.

Fortunately, the hockey gods are good to me and knew I needed some material for this blog and those toothless brutes provided me with the goods.

With a little more then 3 minutes left in regulation time Eric Godard and Colton Orr met up and decided to drop the gloves.

This really surprised me considering that these two got a couple of shifts at the same time throughout the game and hardly looked at each other. Godard actually waited for Orr to come out of the penalty after Orr's 2 minute roughing minor expired.

You must give Godard credit for going out there and trying to give the lifeless Penguins something to build on after losing their 3rd straight game to the Rangers.

These two teams play again on the 18th and 28th of this month and A big win in a fight can do wonders for the morale of team and with the way Penguins have been skating in their last ten games I feel they are looking for any kind of bright spot to cling on to.

Strangely enough, the scrap between Orr and Godard was a very one-sided affair and was really a microcosm of the game between these two teams.

Orr jumped on Godard and never gave him a chance to recover. It was not a serious beatdown, but it is rare to see Godard on the losing end of a controlled, well dictated fight.

It was a big win for Orr. He has been very inconsistent this year and has dropped a few fights that I feel he should have won.

Orr is 2-0 this year against Godard, who has been very impressive this year, and stemming back to their AHL in 2005 Orr has gone 4-0 against Godard. Check out the December 4th Rink Rant posting and you can see their previous three fights.

Aside from the individual win, Orr beating Godard last night at the end of a 4-0 shutout victory for the Rangers really was the stamp on a dominate team outing and certainly should have the Rangers in high spirits, feeling the all-around momentum.

Cementhead mode off.

Another nice item from last night's game was Ranger goalie Hendrik Lundqvist notching his 20th win of the season. He has won at least 20 games each of his first four years in the NHL and became the fifth goalie to accomplish the feat.

-MB

 

Orr-Godard IV

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